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Last updated: 28 October 2020
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Date:24-JUL-2001
Time:overnight
Type:Silhouette image of generic J1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Auster J/1N
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-AHST
C/n / msn: 2137
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:High Cross airstrip, near Ware, Hertfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:High Cross airstrip, near Ware in Hertfordshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Written off on or before 24.7.2001 when destroyed by fire. The incident occurred at High Cross airstrip, near Ware in Hertfordshire. This Auster J/1N was destroyed by fire and reduced to a smouldering wreck in minutes during one night in 2001. A cigarette lighter and slightly shrivelled glove were found amongst the debris under one of the wings. It is believed that the fire was started by someone whose intention was of stealing fuel from the aircraft's tanks.

The fuel thief could not have been too intelligent; if you want to steal an inflammable liquid, in this case aviation fuel (AVGAS), you should use a torch as a source of illumination, and NOT the naked flame from a cigarette lighter!

It is presumed that the thief accidentally started the blaze by using a lighter near highly inflammable liquid, and that it was not a case of deliberate arson against the Auster. If I remember rightly the aircraft was 55 years old at the time. It was a very sad day but the owner replaced it with a Piper J/3 Cub.

The registration G-AHST was cancelled by the CAA as "destroyed" 24/7/2001. Note that the date stated above is given as a nominal date, as the actual date of the incident has not yet been established.

Sources:

1. CAA: http://www.caa.co.uk/aircraft-registration/
2. http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=2030
3. https://www.pprune.org/aviation-history-nostalgia/459713-aerodrome-mk-iii-240.html#post8207216


Images:

Photo of G-AHST courtesy AirHistory.net


Cranfield (EGTC)
August 1988; (c) Malcolm Clarke


Wolverhampton Airport (Pendeford) - 21st April 1957

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Oct-2015 19:14 Dr.John Smith Added
26-Oct-2015 19:15 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
26-Oct-2015 19:18 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
26-Oct-2015 19:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
26-Oct-2015 19:23 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
26-Oct-2015 19:25 Dr.John Smith Updated [Embed code]
14-Feb-2020 11:01 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]

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